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  • Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your MAB Membership?

    By: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO The MAB Sales and Leadership Helpline just launched last month is available to all MAB Member stations and staff. I thought you should see some of the great comments from people after they have spoken with Mark Levy, Revenue Development Resources, the person behind the MAB Sales & Leadership… read more

  • Supreme Court Reinstates 2017 FCC Changes to Broadcast Ownership Rules Including the End to Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Ban – But Radio Changes Yet to Come

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On April 1, The United States Supreme Court released its decision upholding the FCC’s 2017 changes to its ownership rules in the FCC v Prometheus Radio Project case (see our summary here).  Those rules had been put on hold in 2019 by a decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which… read more

  • WDIV’s Larry Spruill Honored among Michigan Chronicle’s ’40 Under Forty’

    On April 1, the Michigan Chronicle honored 40 professionals who inspired others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements and community service participation.  WDIV-TV (Detroit) reporter Larry Spruill, was one of those recognized during the virtual ceremony. Spruill was nominated because of his extensive coverage during the George Floyd Protests in the summer of 2020 as… read more

  • WKHM’s Scott Clow Wears Dress to Raise Money for Charity

    In an effort to promote Covid-19 vaccination on the first day it becomes eligible to anyone 18 and over, while also raising money for a good cause, WKHM-FM’s (Jackson) Scott Clow of the K-105.3 Morning Show took a celebrity up on a special challenge. Comedian Amy Schumer recently donned a formal evening gown when she… read more

  • Detroit SMPTE Presents ‘Watermarking for ATSC-3’

    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Detroit Section will host a free virtual meeting open to all members, guests and non-members on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be “Watermarking for ATSC-3.” This virtual meeting is open to guests and non-members. Guest speaker will be Richard Glosser, Head of… read more

  • Future Journalists to Join Tim Skubick in Special ‘Off The Record’

    This weekend, on a special edition of WKAR (East Lansing) Public Media’s Off The Record program, three current students in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University talk with senior capitol correspondent and Off the Record anchor Tim Skubick about why they are motivated to enter this profession, how they view the role social… read more

  • FCC Announces Freeze on FM Minor Change Applications Beginning April 28

    The FCC’s Media Bureau has announced that it will not accept FM commercial and noncommercial educational (NCE) minor change applications during the Auction 109 Form 175 application filing window. This window will open on April 28, 2021, and close on May 11, 2021. In Auction 109, scheduled to begin on July 27, 2021, the Media… read more

  • NAB Announces Leadership Transition: Curtis LeGeyt Named President & CEO

    On April 7, National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon H. Smith announced his plans to transition to an advisory and advocacy role effective Dec. 31, 2021. The organization’s Chief Operating Officer Curtis LeGeyt has been named the next president and CEO of NAB effective Jan. 1, 2022. In a video message to members,… read more

  • WDET Launches ‘The Don Was Motor City Playlist’

    WDET-FM (Detroit) has announced that Blue Note Records President, six-time Grammy Award Winner and music industry powerhouse Don Was is launching a weekly broadcast program Friday, April 16 in his hometown of Detroit. On the new two-hour show, “The Don Was Motor City Playlist,” Was will dig deep into his music archives to curate playlists… read more

  • Flint’s WFBE Returns Heritage Country Brand ‘B95’

    Cumulus Media has announced that Country radio station WFBE-FM (Flint) has rebranded as B95, Your Hit Country. The station, previously known as 95.1 Nash-FM, kicked off the next generation of Flint’s best Country music, with a return to its popular heritage brand. The station also launched its new website at:  The rebranding took place… read more

  • How Your Radio Station Can Host a Virtual Networking Night for Local Musicians

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies As we enter year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, I find that one of the things I am missing most is meeting new people. While I have done a decent job of keeping up with previously established relationships through this period, I have not found many great ways to… read more

  • MAB’s Broadcast Compliance Service Contract Conclusion

    After several years of offering Broadcast Compliance Services (BCS) to our members, the MAB will not be renewing the contract.  The BCS service is the free EEO tracking program we have offered members over the years. Usage of BCS has declined dramatically over the years as members continue to adopt their own station tracking systems and the… read more

  • SBA’s PPP Loans Extended to May 31

    On March 30, President Biden signed into law the two-month extension to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. As a refresher, the legislation extends PPP through May 31 and allows 501(c)(6) organizations and others more time to pursue a second PPP loan. Further, if eligible organizations apply by May 31, the Small Business… read more

  • April Brings End to Some COVID-19 Unemployment Provisions

    Mlive reported on Wednesday that COVID-19 is no longer a valid excuse to get state unemployment in Michigan starting April 1, however, people sidelined from work for a virus-related reason can still get federal unemployment pay – if eligible. The change comes as a state law expires without being renewed by the Legislature and Gov…. read more

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